“Suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man”

The Friendly Atheist recently posted an the results of a survey on women in the church, and was shocked to find that some churches don't allow women to teach men. Frankly, I was surprised that the number was so low - only 3%. Because, well, growing up that was just how things were.I remember that there was a woman who wanted to teach my high school AWANA group at a fundamentalist church across town. Thing is, there were, well, teenage boys in the class. The elders had to discuss whether it … [Read more...]


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Worthwhile Reads: The Bible, Inerrancy, and Interpretation

In case you've missed it, there has been some excellent discussion of the Bible, inerrancy, and doctrines like creationism on several patheos blogs over the past couple of weeks. I may post some of my thoughts in response at some point, but for the moment I thought I'd pull together some of the posts I've been enjoying and list them here, with excerpts.One Text, Many Bibles, on Unreasonable Faith This is exactly the type of historical criticism we give to the annals of the Assyrians or the … [Read more...]


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The Mark of the Beast

Evangelicals in a school district in Louisiana are objecting to a palm scanner that kids could use to pay for their lunches, thus eliminating the need for lunch money. Why? Because it sounds too similar to "the mark of the beast." “As a Christian, I’ve read the Bible, you know go to church and stuff,” said Sonnier. “I know where it’s going to end up coming to, the mark of the beast. I’m not going to let my kids have that.” For those not familiar with evangelicalism, the mark of the beast is par … [Read more...]


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Raised Quiverfull: Kiery’s Story

A post in the Raised Quiverfull series.Part 1: Introductory Questions Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like.I’m 21, married and building my empire, which is a fancy way of saying I’m employing myself while not making very much money. I have a seaso … [Read more...]


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Rape. That’s a kind of premarital sex, right?

*Trigger warning for survivors of rape or sexual abuse.*In case you haven't noticed, rape has been in the news lately - or, more specifically, Rep. Todd Akin's comments about how women's bodies can shut down their reproductive functions in the case of "legitimate rape." This brings to mind something I've been meaning to write about rape, actually, ever since I wrote that post about "the tale of two boxes." In that post I said that "conservatives divide sexual acts into “wrong” or “okay” based … [Read more...]


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Theology 101: Divine Revelation and Spiritual Headship

About a month ago a reader asked why, if evangelicalism was a religious tradition that emphasizes direct divine revelation, any evangelical would hold that God speaks to a woman through her husband or father rather than just speaking to her himself. How could those two ideas go together? This is a very good question, and it deserves an answer, so here we go!It is absolutely true that evangelicalism has long emphasized direct revelation from God. The idea was always that … [Read more...]


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The church that cried persecution

Evangelical and fundamentalist Christians are very invested in being persecuted. Very interested. Here's an example from a Fox News article on the whole Chick-fil-a issue: "'If the thought police come to Armitage Baptist Church, we will meet them at the door, respectfully, unflinchingly, willing to die on this hill holding a copy of the sacred Scriptures in one hand and a copy of the U.S. Constitution in the other,' he said.Pay attention, people of faith.Dark clouds are gathering. The … [Read more...]


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